Saturday, December 27, 2008

Barrel Fired Incense Bottle

I barrel fired this bottle form about a year ago and it has been sitting on a back shelf in my studio since then because I thought a little tiny hole had blown out near the base. I remembered it only because a woman at work asked me if I could make an incense bottle for a Christmas gift. I didn't know what an incense bottle was. I had never heard of one before. She emailed me some photos and then I remembered this long forgotten bottle. I told her I had one already made, showed her this photo from a previous blog post and she said it was "perfect." Well, it turned out that the hole I thought was there wasn't there at all. It was just a minor pop-out, perhaps from some loose plaster that was in the studio. Anyway I had to buy a 1/4 inch masonry drill bit and drilled a hole approximately 1-1/2 inches from the bottom. The drill bit cut right through it--No Problemo.

Anyway, if you're going to burn incense this is probably the safest and cleanest way to do it. Wedge the stick part of the incense into a split key ring. A split key ring is one of those key rings that you have to pry apart, place the key into it and then you keep turning it until it is locked onto the ring. The incense is then lit and placed burning end first into the bottle. The split key ring keeps it from falling into the bottle. As the incense burns, the ash falls inside the bottle. The hole that I drilled into the bottle allows oxygen in as the scent comes out the top. Although I don't burn incense, I think it is a pretty good idea.

This morning I also added a new blog to my blog list, River North Pottery. And, don't forget to check out my slide show on my other blog "Coulee Region Art."

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays

Well, another Christmas and another day at work. But, I did get four boxes of pottery sent out to my mother in California. I haven't spent any time in the studio the past couple weeks just because it has been too cold and we've gotten too much snow. The La Crosse area might have the snowiest December in history this year.

I have a new post on Coulee Region Art. I'm actually still working on it but have posted a link to a slide show of an anagama firing. I still need to edit the descriptions for each slide to give a better accounting of the whole process but hope to have that completed sometime tomorrow. My original blog entry gives a good short description of the experience. Just scroll down past the first couple of entries.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Couple Christmas Gifts

I promised my mother I would send her some pottery for Christmas gifts. Here are just a couple of my barrel fired pieces. The one on the left is a vase form and on the right is a lidded tea caddy. These are two of my most favorite because of the beautiful markings, but so far all of my barrel fired pots have had beautiful markings.
These two pieces were on Display at Viterbo University for six months and then they kind of disappeared. I believe they were placed in an office for safe keeping and they stayed there for several more months. I was lucky enough to find them yesterday. And, Yes Mom I'm packing them up today and shipping them out to you tomorrow. Oh, in addition to being on display they were also featured in Viterbo's Touchstone 2008 magazine. You can click on this link to see better photos. . Just click on my name at the bottom of the "art" column.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My Other Blog

I haven't done anything in the studio this past week. It has been pretty dang cold, we've had too much snow, and I've had to work a lot of overtime at my paying job. Speaking of my other job, check out "Coulee Region Art." I have been posting on this sight each Friday.
Would love to hear any comments or suggestions people might have. Still snowing and still cold here in the Coulee Region.